Guelph Catholic board reports coronavirus cases at 2 schools

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Guelph’s Catholic board says two confirmed novel coronavirus cases have been reported in its schools.

One confirmed case was reported at St. Joseph Catholic School on Guelph Street and another was reported at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Secondary School on Westmount Street.

Wellington Catholic District School Board reported on Tuesday that both schools will remain open, although one class at St. Joseph has been told to self-isolate by Guelph’s public health unit.

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The board does not identify if the positive cases were connected to students or staff due to privacy reasons. However, the province’s website confirmed a student at St. Joseph and a staff member at Lourdes have tested positive.

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In letters home to parents, Wellington Catholic said public health and the schools are taking all necessary steps to prevent further spread.

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Those who have had close contact with the positive cases in the last two weeks will be contacted by health officials.

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The schools will clean and disinfect all areas where the individuals may have been.

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The board is asking parents to monitor and screen their children for symptoms. They should be tested at an assessment centre if they begin to show systems.

These are the first two cases reported in Guelph schools.